The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing 500 years of choral experience. Many are soloists, music directors, and educators at the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.
- Evan Bescan
Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is currently a full-time elementary/middle school music teacher at Stockyard Community School in Cleveland and a chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Evan is also a consultant of the Freda Joyce Brint Foundation, using music to enhance learning and life in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Margaret Carpenter
Margaret Carpenter was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge, where she completed the M.Mus. in Choral Studies under Stephen Layton and Geoffrey Webber. She has been featured on the Easter at King’s College Concert Series, was soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers alongside His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, and co-founded L’Académie du Roi Soleil with British organist and continuo player Nicolas Haigh. She has toured widely under Timothy Brown; performs with Apollo’s Fire and the South Dakota Chorale; and is currently undertaking her DMA in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University. margaretcarpenter.org
- Ian Crane
Ian Crane is a high school music teacher and performer. He teaches choir and band at Holy Name High School in Parma, and previously spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed with many local groups, including Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Carolers, and the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and his master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood, with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.
- Ross W. Duffin
Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance program there. Duffin has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his edition of Josquin motets was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press.
Other “vocal” publications include the award winning Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, and an edition of motets from the Jacobean period from A-R Editions. Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. Duffin has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Early Music Singers at Case.
- Donna Fagerhaug
Donna Fagerhaug holds a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory at Capital University, both in Columbus, Ohio. Locally, she sings with Apollo’s Singers and Contrapunctus, and is the soprano soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church. Donna resides in Rocky River with her husband and three children.
- Leslie Frye
Mezzo-soprano Leslie Frye hails from Akron, but her experience is wide-ranging. With a degree from Kent State University, she has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Singers Companye, Gaudium, and The Publick Musick (New York). She has enjoyed numerous early music, classical, and jazz projects including a recent performance with Bobby McFerrin at Playhouse Square. Also an accomplished music educator, choral conductor, and pianist, she has taught in Georgia, New York, and Ohio, including seven years as Head of Education of a music school in Georgia. Throughout her career, Leslie has maintained a private studio, teaching voice, piano, and music theory. In addition to music, Leslie’s life is enriched by her husband, Greg, and their son, Jasper.